Pinot Noir Martinborough New Zealand
Single vineyard winemaking and Pinot Noir go hand in hand, such is this noble varietals faculty for translating terroir into taste. This tempermental grape demands utmost sensitivity and care, the savoury, brooding characters of Martinborough Pinot Noir are revered and preserved by an artisanal winemaking team obsessed with quality. Eight clones of Pinot Noir, picked off more than forty different parcels on stony soils of the higher terraces at Te Muna Road Vineyard, are woven into a deep dark wine, unravelling layers of fruit and wrapped in silken textures.
Te Muna Road Vineyard is located seven kilometres outside the Martinborough township, at a higher elevation which delays harvest by a week. Stylistically the Pinot Noir here exhibits profound complexity, a reserved intellectual mouthfeel and impressive length on the palate. The vineyard consists of two distinct terraces, one comprised of very old stony soils at a higher altitude, producing exceptional Pinot Noir. Hand picked grapes are gently destemmed, a small amount of whole bunches are included. Fruit is inoculated to a mixture of wild and cultured yeasts, vinified in a mix of open top fermenters and small oak cuves, followed by ten months in a selection of French oak barriques.
Bright cherry, crimson hues. Bright aromas of cherry, raspberries and dried sage with a hint of smoke for an enticing nose. The palate is well structured with layered fine tannins giving a texture of silk and rose petals. Flavours of black fruits and floral, backed by mushroom and bark, fennels and spice. Dense yet elegant and poised, the taut, focused fruit tannins sit seamlessly on the silky savoury finish.